One of the most popular fan theories to come out of Colin Trevorrow’s sequel, Jurassic World involved the origins of Owen Shaw (portrayed by Chris Pratt). The theory was that Shaw was first featured in one of the first scenes in the original Jurassic Park film directed by Steven Spielberg.
Whit Hertford played the young child that gets frightened by Dr. Grant. The theory explains that the child would grow up to Shaw and eventually train Velociraptors for the fully-fledged amusement park, Jurassic World.
Unfortunately, it looks like that theory has been debunked. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Pratt addresses that fan theory and denies the possibility:
I have heard about that. I don’t see it as being true. It’s sweet though. And I love that kid, and I love the idea of that possibility, but I do officially say, as the bastion of Owen’s backstory, but not the creator of the character, that’s not true. It’d be cooler if it was.
Hertofrd, who portrayed the boy in the 1993 film tweeted in 2015 that his character was not Pratt’s Shaw:
— Whit Hertford (@whithertford) June 11, 2015
Plot details on the upcoming sequel are scarce but both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be returning as Owen and Claire as the franchise continues the storyline of weaponized dinosaurs introduced in Jurassic World. BD Wong will also once again appear as Dr. Henry Wu.
The sequel has added Toby Jones, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, and James Cromwell.
While Trevorrow himself exited the project to helm Star Wars Episode IX, he and his writing partner Derek Connolly penned the script for the still untitled Jurassic World 2. Trevorrow is also serving as exec producer on the project.
Directing the film is J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) who confirmed back in December that the new film will once again feature the use of animatronics in the Jurassic franchise.
The untitled Jurassic World sequel is slated to hit theaters on June 22, 2018. Meanwhile, you can see Chris Pratt in the upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when it blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.